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Music department caps semester with variety of concerts

Issue date: 11/19/10 Section: Focus
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The Case Western Reserve University music department is in the midst of a wealth of concerts that its ensembles and musicians have been working on throughout the semester. The season began with CWRU's two jazz ensembles under the direction of Paul Ferguson.

The season continued with two performances from the CWRU Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Kathleen Horvath, who split the ensemble into two smaller orchestras for two separate concerts. The first featured Vivaldi's setting of Gloria with choir parts sung by the University Singers under the direction of doctoral student Vanessa Bond. The second concert, pictured above, featured the Case Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Matthew Garrett, performing with the orchestra a number of works from British composers with specific leanings toward seasonal pieces. Among these were John Rutter's six-part suite for orchestra and choir, When Icicles Hang, and Nimrod, a movement from Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations.

Last Sunday, Dr. Gary Ciepluch led the University Circle Wind Ensemble through a variety of works for wind band. Pieces ranged from a baroque duo oboe concerto to La Revue de Cuisine, a modernist chamber piece by Bohuslav Martinu about dancing kitchen utensils. The ensemble also performed "After Rain," by CIM first-year composition major Jack Hughes, when he was 16 years old.

The music continued to resonate through Harkness Chapel with a performance from the CWRU Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Julie Andrijeski, and featured a virtuosic performance of Francesco Germiniani's La Folia. Lastly, two concerts of undergraduate chamber music ensembles, one featuring wind ensembles and a jazz combo, the other three campus string quartets, took place in the last two weeks.

The season continues with a performance by the Percussion Ensemble on December 1 and concludes on Dec. 3 and 4 with the 22nd Windi and Jazzi, featuring the CWRU Symphonic Winds, both jazz bands, and a video montage set to the music of West Side Story. Those interested in further details about upcoming events can visit music.case.edu.
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